If you have made the decision to divorce your spouse, but are realizing that the injuries he or she has caused you are a major part of why you want a divorce, you may want to hire more than just a divorce lawyer. In fact, if you can find a personal injury lawyer that also practices divorce law, that may be your best option. Here are some of the top reasons for hiring a lawyer that practices both of these types of law.
Pursing a Divorce and a Personal Injury Settlement at the Same Time
Your two-for-one lawyer can file all of the necessary paperwork for your injury lawsuit against your spouse and a divorce from your spouse. Even though your two cases will be handled in two separate kinds of court (family court and civil court), you do not need twice as much money to hire twice as many lawyers. Also, any settlement you get from your personal injury case can help you pay your lawyer for your divorce. The decision in civil court will also support the evidence you provide in family court against your soon-to-be-ex for the abuse you encountered during the course of your marriage.
Knowledge That Affects One Case Also Affects the Other
Your lawyer, having the knowledge and understanding of both types of law, can utilize what he or she knows to build your cases and defend you as a victim of domestic violence and one whose partner should not have any further contact with you or your children. Personal injury law as it pertains to domestic violence crosses into divorce more often than you might think. Your lawyer, with his or her unique access to these two branches of law, can make them both work together and work to your advantage.
The Personal Injury and Divorce Lawyer Has a Unique Position to Help
Consider this: the personal injury lawyer has direct access to records that show the precise causes of your divorce. He or she does not have to hand those off to the divorce lawyer when he/she is already your divorce lawyer as well. He or she has a very unique position to help because your personal records are kept together and he or she understands how domestic abuse accusations in a divorce affect the outcome of a divorce. Working on both of your cases at the same time, the lawyer can use this information to protect you with injunctions and restraining orders against your ex, and possibly get you more alimony in the process.